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A report on the use of the Convention on the Rights of the Child in courts around the world.

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Inside and outside the courtroom, the Convention on the Rights of the Child has proved a uniquely powerful tool for advancing children’s rights. Its monitoring body, the Committee on the Rights of the Child, has for nearly two decades reviewed States Parties’ efforts to implement the Convention, looking at whether national laws, policies and practices fall in line with children’s rights. Following a successful advocacy campaign, this group of experts will also soon preside over a complaints mechanism through which children can bring violations of their rights to international attention.

The new complaints mechanism promises to meaningfully expand children’s access to justice, but legal claims involving children’s rights are already being heard in courts around the world. The Convention has been cited, referenced and mentioned through national, regional and international justice systems worldwide since it came into force.

With this in mind, CRIN launched the “CRC in Court” case law database in 2009. We aimed to highlight important decisions from across the globe that cite, quote and discuss the Convention. In doing so, we aim not only to look at the results of individual cases, but to look too at the role children have played in bringing or pursuing cases.

Ultimately, this report and this project explore the potential for advancing children’s rights through legal advocacy. Above all else, we hope that reviewing the case law on the Convention on the Rights of the Child provides inspiration to expand its application in all manner of judicial proceedings. The CRC is very much a living instrument, and national, regional and international courts offer a strong, effective means to ensure that children's rights progress from laudable aspirations to binding obligations.

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Please note that these reports are hosted by CRIN as a resource for Child Rights campaigners, researchers and other interested parties. Unless otherwise stated, they are not the work of CRIN and their inclusion in our database does not necessarily signify endorsement or agreement with their content by CRIN.

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